I have had two in cloth since I started using it. When I switched from disposables to cloth diapers, I had an 8 month old and a 2 year old. I finally got the older one potty trained but then I had my youngest just a few months later. And now, I have a 3 year old in cloth and a 1 year old. So I have had a lot of experience cloth diapering two at the same time. I have put together a few tips to help you out if you are cloth diapering two kids at the same time.
Tip #1: Simplify your diaper stash. I do understand the desire to have several different types of diapers, with each one specific to given situations. One diaper works best overnight but maybe not for a long car trip. But when you have two in cloth, having all different kinds of diapers multiplied by two makes it all overwhelming. So stick with just one or two kinds of diapers if you can.
Tip #2: Go One Size. Having diapers that you can put on either child at any time is important. Even if you have some diapers that are sized, a selection of one size diapers is invaluable. It’s great for those times when you have to quickly grab a change out of the dryer the moment they are dry. And it can help reduce the number of diapers you need in the diaper bag.
Tip #3: Gender Neutral. Obviously this only applies if you have 2 in cloth who are of opposite genders. But if so, just like one sized diapers, it’s really helpful to have diapers that you can put on either child at any time.
Tip #4: Keep the wash routine simple. With two in diapers, you will be doing more laundry. Well, with 2 kids in general, you do more laundry. But with two in cloth diapers, you will be going through anywhere from twelve to twenty diaper changes a day, depending on your kids’ ages and how often they need to be changed. You can go through a whole load of diapers in a single day! So having a wash routine that is simple and doesn’t take all day is obviously important.
Tip #5: Going along with a simple wash routine, having a lot of diaper changes available is important. Even if you keep a minimalist stash and are ok with washing every day, you still need to have enough to ensure that you will at least be able to change each child once or twice while the rest of the diapers are being washed.
And the last tip….make sure the diapers are super extra cute. You will be changing a lot of diapers when you have two kids wearing them. So you might as well make sure that you enjoy putting each new diaper on!